- Museum number
Bottle; mother of pearl, silver; the body composed of two complete shells of the marine snail 'Turbo marmoratus', with a funnel-shaped neck and circular spreading foot of double-walled construction attached by pins; with joining strips and collar; a pierced disc with foliate pattern on the interior of the neck, possibly acting as a strainer; applied plaques shaped as fish and flowers at the shoulders of the bottle.
- Production date
Diameter: 9.30 centimetres (base)
Diameter: 6.20 centimetres (rim)
Height: 28 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Part of a garniture with a pair of candlesticks (OA+2643, 1-2), one basin (OA+2644), one bottle (OA+ 2642). Each section of the garniture marked underneath 'FB'.
For commentary on Gujarati mother-of-pearl work made for the export market, see: Jaffer, A., 'Luxury Goods from India', Victoria and Albert Museum Publications, 2002, cat. nos. 5, 11-14. For a comparable set in the V&A of a pair of ewers and a pair of basins, see cat. no. 11
( 4282-1857; 4283-1857; 4257-1857; 4258-1857).
For another examples of this form, see: 'Exotica: The Portuguese Discoveries and the Renaissance Kunstkammer', exh. cat., Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2001-2002, cat. no. 26, pp. 123-4 and references.
For another similar bottle comprising two turbo shells, see: 'Um Olhar do Porto: Uma Coleccao de Artes Decorativas', exh. cat., Quinta das Cruzes Museu, Madeira, 2005, cat. no 3, pp. 86-7. For a ewer comprising two turbo shells and a spout, see: Manuel Castilho, 'Bienal de Antiguidades', Lisboa, 2000, exh. cat., no. 16
British Museum Magazine, Number 55, Summer 2006, p15
The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, 2007, pp1-8
Compare Sotheby's 24 April 2013 lot 222 for kendi in which mention is made to BM ewer. DFT
- On display (G43/dc4)
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: FB (underneath)